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Congressional Representation & Constituents

Congressional Representation & Constituents

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About the Book

The U.S. House of Representatives has been frozen at 435 members for almost a century, and in that time the nation's population has grown by more than 200 percent. With the number of citizens represented by each House member now dramatically larger, is a major consequence of this historical disparity a diminished quality of representation?

Brian Frederick uses empirical data to scrutinize whether representation has been undermined by keeping a ceiling on the number of seats available in the House. He examines the influence of constituency size on several metrics of representation-including estimating the effects on electoral competition, policy responsiveness, and citizen contact with and approval of their representatives-and argues that now is the time for the House to be increased in order to better represent a rapidly growing country.

About the Author:

Brian Frederick is an assistant professor of political science at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780415873468
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publisher Imprint: Routledge
  • Depth: 13
  • Height: 226 mm
  • No of Pages: 172
  • Series Title: Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation
  • Sub Title: The Case for Increasing the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Width: 152 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0415873460
  • Publisher Date: 01 Dec 2009
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 13 mm
  • Weight: 254 gr

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